Intro: Cartoon Figure LED Lamp
Follow me and you'll get a nice toy: a funny monster with the power of brightness in his eyes.
It will scare ghosts out of your bed!
Or, you can use it as an unusual flashlight.
Step 1: Materials Needed
- Some Fimo, or any other oven-bake polymer clay.
- Two LEDs, 3 Volts or more each.
- Two batteries, 1.5 Volts each. Better find some button type, but AAA or even AA will be OK.
- A switch.
- Electrical wire.
- An oven to bake the clay. If you want, you can just use normal clay and avoid burning up all your house.
If you can't find this stuff at your local hardware store, open up things you have at home!
Remote controls are full of switches, and many bicycle torches have powerful LEDs.
Step 2: Body Modeling
Warm up some clay with your hands.
Be sure to have enough material to make a body as large as you need to contain the batteries.
You can wrap the clay around a thick marker, so when you take it off it leaves the holed structure.
To make eyes, first squash a ball of clay and then use the back of a brush to stab it in the center, so to make the eye holes. Make holes slightly larger than your LEDs.
Smooth out your fingerprints!
Step 3: Bake the Clay
Follow the exact instructions to bake your clay. Mine said to heat it for about 30 minutes, but 15 were enough.
Place the plate on the higher step of your oven, or you'll crisp the bottom of the figure.
When it's ready, let it cool down out of the window. Watch out, it keeps heat for much longer than the metal plate.
Ah, cooking it doesn't mean you can eat it.
Step 4: Build the Circuit
Stack the two batteries and tape them together, place two wires in contact with the positive and negative poles.
Connect the switch to the positive wire.
You want the LEDs to be set in parallel, so connect them both to the wires.
Keep the switch turned on, so that you can test LEDs and respect the polarity.
Step 5: Finishing
Paint the mouth of the monster using acrylic colors. You can achieve the glossy effect by spraying a finishing varnish on the whole figure.
Place the circuit inside the body. Close the bottom with wire or raw clay, but leave out the switch.
It's all done, the monster is ready!
Now wait for the Lord of Darkness to come steal your soul and face him with the help of you new magical helper.